PA930EE Marriage Practicum





 This course focuses on developing skills that are essential to deacons in the pastoral setting of pre-marriage counseling and preparation: the ability to assess and summarize various information to the sacramental nature of marriage, and the capacity to develop a pastoral care approach to the couple’s vision of the wedding. Both challenges require deacons to think purposefully and integrate various communication skills. Deacons apply these skills in several contexts: couple premarital meetings, marriage team meetings, and marriage presentations. Being able to understand and communicate fundamental marriage issues, identify the sacramental challenges, and delineate essential elements of alternatives or recommendations require a comprehensive understanding of marriage in the United States multicultural and interfaith society. Being able to develop and refine a pastoral care approach is essential in evangelizing the Church’s position on marriage and influencing newly married couples to live out a sacramental marriage. In this course, deacons learn how to analyze pre-marriage situations, purposefully develop approaches for structure and style for each couple, and construct methods to handle conflicts among couples. 

This Marriage Practicum course, through which we deliver to deacons and ministry students, contributes to students' development and specifically includes working with students to improve overarching ministry objectives. The goals and outcomes of the course are based on the four-fold dimensions--spiritual, intellectual, pastoral, and human. Spiritual Formation sustains a lifetime of service and advances that continual conversion of mind and heart so necessary for today’s society. Intellectual Formation assimilates professional theological education consonant to represent and apply the Church’s Tradition to today’s world. Pastoral Formation develops capacities for religious and public leadership. Human Formation involves the attainment of the maturity demanded of ordained ministry as a deacon. These dimensions are found in the National Directory of Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States. Also, students in this course gain knowledge about topics that are essential issues in ministry, specifically to this course how they relate to marriage formation. 


Course Syllabus

Learning Objectives 

  • • By the end of the semester, students will have a working knowledge of how the communication process (active listener, sender, message, channel, receiver, interpretation) are directly related to successful pre-marriage pastoral care. 
  • • To help deacons understand the importance of pastoral care needs of pre-married couples. 
  • • To that end, deacons will advance their integral relationship between personal marriage experience and the sacraments of Holy Orders and Marriage. 
  • • To improve deacons’ skill levels in interpersonal, small group, public communication. 
  • • To assist deacons to distinguish between spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, and psychological therapy. 
  • • To provide the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage and family. 
  • • To present existing resources from the U.S. Bishops as well as other Catholic websites on marriage. 
  • • To offer a pastoral care approach to pre-married couples that focus on:  Understanding of a Secular View of Marriage. 
  •  Catholic Church Teachings. 
  •  The Dignity of Marriage. 
  •  Mixed Marriages (interfaith and multicultural). 
  •  Domestic Violence. 
  •  Family Planning Issues. 
  •  Pornography 
  •  The Spirituality of Marriage. 
  •  History of Marriage. 
  •  Canon Law on Marriage. 
  •  Theology of the Body. 
  •  Cohabitation. 
  •  Perseverance and Reconciliation in Marriage. 
  •  Domestic Church. 

Marriage Practicum Content 

  1. • Communication 
  2. • Pastoral Theology 
  3. • Moral Theology 
  4. • Pastoral Care 
  5. • Marriage Formation 
  6. • Cannon Law 
  7. • History of Marriage 

Course Materials 

Required Text: 

The Order of Celebrating Matrimony: Complete Set (Hardcover) (Lslf Ind Edition) 

by Ave Maria Press (Autor corporativo) 

Anillos, 140 Pages, Published 2016 

ISBN-13 978-1 59471-723-9 

Together for Life: Revised with the Order of Celebrating Matrimony 

Author: Joseph M. Champlin; Peter A. Jarret C.S.C. 

Year: 2016 Format: Paperback 134 pages 

ISBN 13: 9781594717222 (978-1-59471-722-2) 

ISBN: 1594717222 (1-59471-722-2) 

During the course, other material(s) could be posted for your reading and discussion in class. 

Course Schedule  TOPICS 
Modular

1

Introduction to the course and syllabus review. 

Overview of the Course 

Video conference calls. 

Modular

2

Topics: 

Spirituality and Marriage

Marriage and Contemporary Spirituality

Modular

3

Topics: 

Marriage and Faith Traditions

Wedding Stories from around the World

First Assignment

Modular

4

Topics: 

Tribunal Letter

Contemporary Challenges to Marriage

Modular

5

Topics 

Contemporary Challenge—Gay and Lesbian Marriage

Contemporary Challenge—Domestic Violence

Forum Question

Video conference calls 

Modular

6

Topics: 

Contemporary Challenge—Pornography

Contemporary Challenge--Cohabitation

Modular

7

Topics: 

Contemporary Challenge—Hookup Culture

Marriage from Catholic Perspective

Forum Question

Modular

8

Topic: 

Catholic History of Marriage

Forum Question

Modular

9

Topic: 

Canon Law and Marriage

Forum Question

Modular

10

Topic: 

Communicating with the Couple

Assignment Due

Modular

11

Topic: 

Meeting with the Couple

Assignment Due

Modular

12

Topics 

Marriage Ministry Model

Summary and Review

Assignment Due

Final Exam







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